The Best of Kenya and Tanzania: A Classic Safari
Discover great national parks and rarely explored reserves as you search for big cats while learning about and photographing elephants, rhinos, zebras and more.
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Program No. 18783RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Follow the endless cycle of life as you track the big five on the Serengeti plains. Trace the migratory path north through the remote Serengeti, an area rarely visited by outsiders, and cross into Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve to search for the elusive leopard. Learn about elephants in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and rhinos in the Great Rift Valley.
Activity Level
Walking and standing on uneven ground; some stairs. Riding for extended periods in safari vehicles over unpaved surfaces; getting in/out of vehicles requires flexibility. Elevations up to 7,500 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Replicate the annual migration as you journey from the Serengeti plains, through its riverine forest and rocky promontories, into the Maasai Mara.
  • Search for the “Big Five” — lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos — in East Africa’s most iconic national parks.
  • Discover the unique ecosystem of the Ngorongoro Crater.

General Notes

All dates have a 12-person maximum and each participant will have a window seat in the safari van. Our program follows the yearly migration route, capturing different stages of the migration throughout the year. January-February is calving season for hooved animals. June-July see perfect weather. Animals prepare for the hardest part of the migration. September, peak tourist season, coincides with the migration through the Mara. October sees the migration move into the Serengeti. November-December are a birder's dream, with many species visiting from Eurasia. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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James Kiptoo
James Kiptoo (Kip) was born and raised in a remote village on the western rim of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. As an adult, he has traveled extensively throughout Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and he thrives on sharing the experience of nature. His knowledge of the natural world is impressive, and he is a specialist in the birds of East Africa. After training with the Kenya Wildlife Service, he was awarded a certificate in sanctuary management. He has volunteered in various departments of the National Museum of Kenya and trained as a Kenya Museum Society guide. Since 1998, Kip has been a member of Nature Kenya for which he leads bird watching excursions, as well as tree walks at the Nairobi Arboretum. He bands birds with the Nairobi Ringing Group, contributes to the African Waterfowl Census, and participates in World Birdwatch. Kip is extremely happy to be a “bush teacher,” and he is eager to share his keen eye and wealth of knowledge with you.
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